Senior School Campus Master Plan Update – May 25, 2016

In September 2015, the School engaged the architectural firm Perkins+Will to review the Senior School campus master planning work and assist in addressing a number of issues that were brought forward by the City of Vancouver staff, Urban Design Panel and neighbors. The hope was that in addressing the issues Perkins+Will could further strengthen the experience for students. This includes improved navigation, circulation, arrival sequencing, interactions between spaces and sustainability initiatives. A number of modifications are being considered and the School’s Board of Directors hopes to receive a modified plan for consideration in June 2016. The revised plan will then be shared more broadly with the City of Vancouver and the neighboring community.

Connecting the Strategic Plan to a Campus Master Plan

As we explored "A Boy's Learning", the first priority in the Strategic Plan, it became evident that the physical learning environment plays a key role in boys' learning, and that the School's existing facilities are limiting our ability to deliver effective teaching and learning for boys.
 
In 2011, we engaged a partnership of two architectural firms - Fielding Nair International (FNI), world experts in 21st Century school design and Graham Hoffart Mathieson (GHMA), local architects specializing in school design - who audited the existing facilities, and presented a Discovery Report in February 2012. This helped us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current facilities, and, with input from School and Community, to gather ideas and develop conceptual plans for facilities that would meet the identified teaching and learning deficiencies.

St. George's has identified a need to renew its facilities to strengthen its position as an internationally significant school.
  • The Senior School population will not be expanded.
  • The facilities must evolve so that they can fully support a boy-centred, 21st century approach to teaching and learning.
  • Many classrooms are substandard. They are either undersized, lack natural light, or do not have exterior access for fresh air.
  • Because of their size and configuration, the current classrooms limit the ability of our teachers to actively engage their students, to integrate educational technology, and to employ varied instructional strategies.
  • The School lacks adequate spaces for student collaboration and hands-on, project-based learning.
  • The needs of specific porgrams, including the arts, athletics, and music, are not fully met by the current facilities.
  • By isolating teachers, our current facilities discourage professional growth and collaboration. We need to establish departmental offices and more effective classroom groupings.
  • The current Senior School boarding house is located on the Junior School campus. In order to fully integrate the boarders and enhance the boarding program, the School needs to relocate Residential Life to the Senior School campus thereby providing enhanced accommodation and recreational and amenity facilities.
  • The School facilities must become more environmentally sustainable, while also enhancing views and connections to the natural world.

Key components of the Campus Master Plan:
  • building new academic buildings at the Senior School;
  • moving boarding from the Junior Campus to the Senior Campus;
  • removing portions of the existing Senior School buildings to increase the views to the outdoor and create more green spaces;
  • building new athletic facilities at the Senior School;
  • ensure that all spaces maximize flexibility and adaptability – both for daily use and the ability to re-configure spaces in the future
  • restoring the exterior of the Junior School heritage building and creating more flexible open learning spaces within;
  • replacing the 1950s and 1970s additions at the rear of the Junior School with a more architecturally sympathetic structure that provides new spaces for athletics, music, and the arts.
  • School rezoning - The School has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. The new CD-1 zoning would allow the School to apply for Development permits for the Senior School project. Click here for the School's rezoning application.

Dunbar Community Engagement

We have engaged extensively with our neighborhood community throughout the process. The following is a summary of meetings:
  • February 28, 2012: Introduction of process to Dunbar Residents Association.
  • March 28, 2012: Initial meeting to discuss process and garner feedback from Good Neighbour Pledge Committee and immediate neighbours.
  • March 28, 2012: Introduce master planning process and garner land use feedback from broader Dunbar Community.
  • June 19, 2012: Open House for Dunbar community. Introduced first draft drawings of master plan.
  • June 27, 2012: Meeting with Good Neighbour Committee to discuss drafts of plan.
  • November 28, 2012: Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites sent out. Presented Campus Master plan adopted by St. George's Board.
  • November 29, 2012: Open house for School Community (parents, alumni, etc.)
  • January 15, 2013: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to present Campus Master Plan overview and process.
  • June 2013: Article on Campus Master Plan in Dunbar Residents Association newsletter.
  • October 28, 2013: Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites distributed. City of Vancouver staff present to listen to feedback.
  • February 18, 2014: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to provide rezoning update. 
  • September 22, 2014: City-led Open House concerning St. George's School's Senior School Rezoning.
  • November 3, 2014: Neighbourhood Transportation Committee established in partnership with City of Vancouver Engineering.
  • December 10, 2014: City of Vancouver Urban Design panel review.
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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